Monday, 5 November 2018

Dealing with your Local Authority as a homeschooler

how to start home schooling in the UK

One of the first questions which comes to mind when deciding to educate your family at home is what are the legal requirements of home schooling?

Depending on where you are the world, your rights and responsibilities as a home educator will differ. In some countries such as Germany and Greece, home-schooling is illegal. So the first thing you need to do, is establish whether the country you reside allows home education or not. (you may find this chart listing the legality of home schooling in different countries helpful).

Home Schooling in the UK


Since I'm in the UK, my focus will be on the legal rights and responsibilities of a home educator here. This post is not at all professional legal advice, rather just information I've come to understand and learn from my own experience as a home schooler over the years.

Just to note, if you're reading from across the big pond over in America, then know that each State has their own laws and regulations. You can read more about your State and homeschooling here.

Alhamdulillah we're blessed in the UK in that we can indeed choose to educate our families at home, and the law gives us the freedom to teach our children without specifying any particular curriculum, program or learning philosophy. You do not have to follow the National Curriculum.

There is a well known phrase which goes around the homeschool world:
 "Education is compulsory, schooling is not."

Monday, 29 October 2018

You are your child's role model for success

muslim parenting - you are the role model

You are the role model for success or failure. Sounds pretty intimidating.
But the fact is that we as a Muslim parent (regardless of whether or not we choose to home educate) are our children's role model.

The most important thing when it comes to Muslim parenting, is wanting to please Allah. To raise our children to know and act upon the reason they were created; to worship the One Who Created us Alone with no partner.

So it goes without saying, that we must show through our actions and words what this means to us in our own life.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Using free-writing to hear what your child wants to say

Using Free-Writing to develop kids writing with free downloadable prompts

I want to draw your attention to something that you probably haven't paid much attention to, and it will blow your mind when you realise it....it did mine!

As obvious as it is (when you're aware) not many of us actually see it until its pointed out (I got my alert from Brave Writer).

Whether you read newspapers, books or online articles, one thing for sure is we're all used to reading good writing.
 Most of us read the work of professional writers in some way every day. We know what good writing looks like, and we know what it does not.

So when our child steps forward to present before us their humble piece of work, in all its unedited glory, we see how it doesn't even come close to the good writing we are more accustomed to interacting with from professional writers. 

What we miss, is the fact that all the professional writing we read, has been drafted, proof-read, edited, and corrected before we set our eyes upon it. 

And yet we still somehow expect (even without realising we do it) that our child should be able to produce a piece of written work equal in stature, free from misspellings and grammatical errors... on the first attempt.  

Wow, right!

The good news is, once we realise this, there are a lot of fun ways we can help encourage our children to improve their writing skills, and importantly, develop their writers voice. Because lets face it, no matter how grammatically correct a piece of writing may be, it is the writer's unique voice which propels that writing forward and makes it something special.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Embracing Motherhood

Muslim mum / Mom encouragement

My fellow Mama and comrade, my dear sister, we have been given one of the greatest tasks; to raise and nurture our children to know and act upon the purpose for which we were all created. And there is no escaping this obligation, no matter how we choose to educate our family; whether we homeschool or not. 

This responsibility is more than merely the upbringing of our own family. Rather, this upbringing will have an effect on the greater society in which we live, for generations to come. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Islamic Studies Curriculum suggestions for kids

Islamic studies curriculum for kids
One of the biggest questions which floats around constantly, is what Islamic Studies curriculum for kids are available?

Whether you're a home educator, parent or teacher, finding a program which is authentic is paramount to our goals to raise children who know for what purpose we were all created.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so in this post I'm going to share with you some English Islamic Studies books in video form, that might help you to find something to suit your needs inshaAllah.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Discovering the world through the art of letter writing - with a free Penpal guide to get your first letter started

learning to write letters and discover the world with a penpal

Having a penpal gives you much more than just friendship. It's an opportunity to learn about different places, different people, different cultures, and a fun natural way for our children to develop their writing skills. 

If you have ever thought of finding a penpal for your children, read on and download a free Penpal guide for kids, to help write their first letter. 

Monday, 24 September 2018

The end of our Surah Ikhlas study - free printable included!

learning the meaning of Surah Ikhlas free printable for kids

Helping our children learn and understand the Qur'an so they can act upon it inshaAllah, is important to every Muslim parent. We've been learning about Surah Ikhlas and to conclude our study, I created a small quiz printable as our finale, and you can download it too.

I don't typically test the children, however they are getting older and believe it or not, are asking for tests and grades.

Although I designed our Surah-Ikhlas printable worksheet to be used as a blind test, I aloud the girls to use their books to help them when they got stuck (you can see more of how we're studying the Qur'an as part of our Morning Basket time here).

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dear homeschool Mama, we're all just like you

Dear Muslim Home schooling Mom, this Mama is just like you
The purpose of this blog, like my Instagram and Facebook pages, is to help my sisters with ideas, support and advice.

Not because I have all the answers...
Because I don't.

I'm like you.
With the same struggles.
The same problems.
The same worries.
The same doubts.
The same questions.
The same dirty dishes, piled up laundry and burnt food.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Using copywork to develop penmanship, grammar & punctuation...and having fun whilst doing it!

Using copywork to develop writing skills, including handwriting, grammar and punctuation

I was introduced to the practice of copywork maybe three or four years ago when I stumbled upon the World of Bravewriter, and I've been hooked ever since. 

It really is such a simple activity which packs a powerful learning punch, yet is often so undervalued or misunderstood.

Copywork is so much more than just the art of copying text....it offers a multitude of important writing skills, helping budding writers work on not only their penmanship, but also gives opportunity to analyse some one else's writing, work on spelling, punctuation and go through the inner-mechanics of grammar.

Monday, 10 September 2018

The 5 Pillars of Islam activity with guided instructions for kids

5 Pillars of Islam box activity - includes printable template and instruction guide for kids
We've started chapter 2 of the book "The Correct Creed for Children" which covers the 5 Pillars of Islam, the 6 Pillars of Iman and Ihsan.

The first part of the new chapter lists the 5 Pillars of Islam, and so last week we came up with this craft activity to show what they are before copying the text into our Islamic Studies books (see video below)

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